Lannie Scott

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Pianist and composer Lannie Scott's unusual first name also shows up as "Lanny" in some credits, some discographers thereby assuming that there were two different musicians involved. Both versions of…
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Pianist and composer Lannie Scott's unusual first name also shows up as "Lanny" in some credits, some discographers thereby assuming that there were two different musicians involved. Both versions of the moniker are shortened from Lannice, a name that sounds more like an architectural term. While not that well known, the pianist was certainly blessed by virtuoso pianist Art Tatum recording a Scott original tune entitled "The Shout," thus ensuring the interest of any and all future keyboard artists who desire to have their digits tied up in knots. Scott's professional background was in Cleveland and Detroit; by the '30s he had relocated to New York City.

In the early '30s the pianist worked in the Washboard Serenaders ensemble and for a good part of that decade was house pianist at a club hopefully nice enough to be called Paradise. Scott returned to Cleveland in the '40s, focusing on his solo repertoire and compositions in this and the following decade. This was the era in which Scott wrote "The Shout." The later years of Scott's career were surprisingly active. He can be compared with pianist Sammy Price, working regularly in various New Orleans jazz or Dixieland ensembles such as the Jonah Jones Quartet which were popular in the '60s -- in fact, Price and Scott were often alternate pianists in the same groups.